Pickled Image

Formed in 2000, Pickled Image specializes in puppetry for live performance and theatre. Since its inception the company has gained international recognition and numerous awards for their darkly humorous visual productions.

CoulrphobiaFireside Tales

 

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'Yana and the Yeti'
by Pickled Image

Touring 2018-19
Imagine being far, far from home and all alone, arriving in a remote snow-bound village, surrounded by dense forest and strange noises. This is how Yana’s story begins. She can’t understand a word anyone says and the other children tease her with tales of mythical mountain monsters. Then things start to get really hairy....

Featuring exquisite music, Arctic landscapes and a cast of extraordinary puppets, Yana and the Yeti is aimed at family audiences (5+). This is a dark, funny and poignant tale of a small child’s determination to be understood and her discovery that friends can come in the most unexpected shapes and sizes.

This show was made in Northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle where Yetis still exist. Co-Produced by Nordland Visual Theatre. Written by Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor. A trailer for the show can be found here.
Running time: 1 hour approximately. Recommended age: 5+

Praise for Yana and the Yeti:

“Magical, beguiling, emotional and eye-wideningly beautiful”
Bristol 24/7

“A delightfully designed family show” ★★★★
The Stage

Testimonials

It was a pleasure to have Pickled Image as part of the weekend and I wouldn’t hesitate in inviting you back to perform the same show or your next production in the Weston Studio. Louise Miles-Crust, Wales Millennium Centre

Fireside Tales with Grandad was very popular here at Salisbury Playhouse, it was charming and engaged our audience young and old throughout with it’s well placed storytelling. Louise Dancey, Salisbury Playhouse

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'Fireside Tales with Granddad'
by Pickled Image

Touring 2018-19

Fireside Tales with Granddad
is a show based around Pickled Images’ adorable puppet Granddad. Granddad has already had huge success with our previous show Travels with Granddad and toured in the UK for two years. Fireside Tales has been created to fit larger theatre spaces and features an array of wonderful puppets, a shadow film and beautiful stories all crafted by Adam Fuller (the puppeteer of Granddad). The show is ideal for family audiences and can suit non-theatre spaces as long as there is enough performance space.

Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant. And watch as the shadows between the trees unravel a tale of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very unusual princess. Exquisite puppets, captivating storytelling, beautiful shadow puppetry combine to create an enchanting show guaranteed to spark the imagination of everyone
Running time: 50 minutes approx. Intended audience: Families with children 4+

Testimonials

Fantastic interaction with the audience, quizzing the children with brilliant conversation throughout. Another sold-out performance by Pickled Image, all audience left with a smile asking when Granddad would be back. The Pound in Corsham

It was a pleasure to have Pickled Image as part of the weekend and I wouldn’t hesitate in inviting you back to perform the same show or your next production in the Weston Studio. Louise Miles-Crust, Wales Millennium Centre

Fireside Tales with Grandad was very popular here at Salisbury Playhouse, it was charming and engaged our audience young and old throughout with it’s well placed storytelling. Louise Dancey, Salisbury Playhouse

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'Coulrophobia'
by Pickled Image

Touring 2018-19

Dik and Adam are traditional clowns in a very untraditional situation. They somehow find themselves in a world where everything is made of cardboard: chairs, tables, a lift, musical instruments and even a boat. They have no idea why they are here or what they are supposed to be doing; only that their actions seem to be beyond their control, almost as if someone else was making them perform against their will. Through a series of outrageous sketches, involving slapstick, mime and much audience participation, the two clowns discover that they are indeed trapped in this cardboard world and being controlled by an evil presence: the diminutive yet terrifying Poco the Clown. The only way to escape their dilemma is to dupe two members of the audience into taking their places. Will this be possible? That depends on how persuasive they can actually be …

Running time: 70 minutes approx. Intended audience: Adult/Young Adult (minimum recommended age 16)

Testimonials

“ I haven’t laughed so hard since I saw Flåklypa Grand Prix (a Norwegian animated film) as a seven year old, and I almost got sad when it all was over.”
Even Biering-Strand, Våganavi

“Masterful clown-play. The term ‘fear of clowns’ is lifted to a completely new level after the latest masterpiece from Pickled Image.”

“Coulrophobia – fear of clowns” is one of the sickest things I have seen on a stage. It is an unrestrained display of theatrical madness I can promise you have never experienced before.”
Five on the Dice

 

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'Christmas Tales with Granddad'
by Pickled Image

Available during the Festive Season each year

Christmas Tales with Granddad is a brand new show from Pickled Image featuring a feast of festive stories, including a special pair of Christmas pants, the mystery of the snowflake necklace and the mischievous shenanigans of the Tomten - a feisty Gnome, who loves the chance to swap gossip with woodland creatures, and who might just be the reason Granddad can't find his favourite tree decoration.

Creating a sense of the fireside in the theatre, Granddad will welcome imaginative input from the audience as he weaves his own brand of heart-warming storytelling and festive cheer.

Intended Audience: 3+. Running time: 1 hour approximately

Testimonials

“The run was a triumph, greeted with massive enthusiasm and smashing box-office records on the way. I loved the non-patronising, inclusive nature of the story – the age-range is often talked down to – and the extraordinary levels of care and love given to so many details of the show. We’re absolutely thrilled to have hosted the show here.”
Ali Robertson, Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres on Santa’s Little Trolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Santa's Little Trolls'
by Pickled Image

Available during the Festive Season each year

Jeremy really, really loves Christmas. All he wants is for each Christmas to be perfect; mince pies, stockings, mistletoe and especially, (and this is the icing on the Christmas cake)…lots and lots of SNOW!

But, who exactly brings the snow? Santa? Rudolph? Jack Frost? No, it’s the one job left in the heavy hands of the Trolls of Winter. However, the trolls are fed up with never getting any of the credit. It’s always those cheery, little elves and that red nosed reindeer celebrated at Christmas, while the hard working trolls miss out.

Not once have they been on an advent calendar or featured in a carol, so this year, unless they get their ugly mugs on at least one Christmas card, there will be NO SNOW!

With silliness, laughter, stunning puppets (and maybe a humbug or two), Pickled Image (Fireside Tales with Granddad and Wolf Tales) present a magical Christmas extravaganza – Santa’s Little Trolls.

Testimonials

“The run was a triumph, greeted with massive enthusiasm and smashing box-office records on the way. I loved the non-patronising, inclusive nature of the story – the age-range is often talked down to – and the extraordinary levels of care and love given to so many details of the show. We’re absolutely thrilled to have hosted the show here.”
Ali Robertson, Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres

“Santa’s Little Trolls was a roaring success with fun and laughter for the whole family. We’ve had wonderful feedback from our audiences and broken box office records. We’ve loved hosting Pickled Image and look forward to inviting them back soon’”
Katie Burse, Producer, Quarterhouse

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The Shop of Little Horrors
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'The Shop of Little Horrors'
by Pickled Image

Currently Available
Grimlake’s Emporium of Novelties: a dilapidated shop on the outskirts of Nowhere, where corny magic tricks and strange puppets collect dust and cobwebs. No one has entered the shop for years, but that’s just fine by proprietor Albert Grimlake.

Albert is a man obsessed with puppets, particularly ventriloquist dummies – each face lovingly crafted by his own hand, and bearing an uncanny resemblance to customers, friends and family long gone.
But Grimlake is growing old and knows he won’t last forever. He has no son, no successor. Time is running out to find someone to keep the Emporium open, someone to breathe life into his creations, someone who shares his peculiar passion for puppets…

Enter Eric. He’s young, he’s eager, and he’s seen all the Muppet movies, twice. He’s the perfect applicant: keener than mustard and easily moulded. But Eric discovers there’s so much to learn.

How do you scream without moving your lips?
Running time: 70 minutes. Intended audiencer: Adult/Young Adult (minimum recommended age 12)

Testimonials

The Oxford Times: Five Stars. ‘If you can imagine Harold Pinter and Alfred Hitchcock creating a puppet show together then you can get some idea of what to expect from Pickled Image’s new production The Shop of Little Horrors.’

Animations Online: ‘The Shop of Little Horrors’ is a disturbing and dark comical treat from macabre theatre experts Pickled Image.…. mixing murder, obsession and the macabre in a style similar to the 'The League of Gentleman' but with a level of intensity that can only be found in live performance.’

The British Theatre Guide: ‘a truly macabre gruesome story told with a wicked sense of humour’


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